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Def Min hands over documents to CBI over chopper scam

The Defence Ministry has handed over some documents received from an Italian court to the CBI to verify if there was any breach of contractual obligations by Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland in the Rs3,600 crore deal for 12 helicopters, official sources said on Thursday.

If the CBI finds there was any breach of contractual obligation, the ministry will move towards termination of the contract even before the investigative agency files its report in the case, the sources said. The documents were received after a high-level team headed by Director General (Acquisition) went to Italy recently to study the evidences and documents provided by the government there in the Rs362 crore VVIP chopper scam, they said. India has been given access to the evidence in the case after it was made a party in the ongoing trials in Italy in the chopper scam.

The government has told the court there that its decisions would not be binding and it would reserve the right to seek all possible legal remedies available to it in this country.
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